George M. Smiga, S.T.D. is a nationally known author and lecturer in scripture and homiletics. He is a priest of the Diocese of Cleveland and teaches at St. Mary Seminary. From 1991 to 2019 he served as pastor of St. Noel Catholic Church in Willoughby Hills, Ohio. He writes a monthly column for Living With Christ (Bayard). His website is

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Enactment, choice and promise

Daily Lenten Reflections: The first step of the Triduum is not to describe Christ's action but to emphasize how it continues. Before we reflect on the cross and empty tomb, we recognize how the effects of Jesus' dying and rising continue to shape our lives.


Assumption of Mary

“The Immaculate Mother of God, the ever Virgin Mary, having completed the course of her earthly life, was assumed body and soul into heavenly glory” (Munificentissimus Deus #44). With these words, Pope Pius XII on Nov. 1, 1950 declared the Assumption of Mary to be Catholic dogma.